Central Christian College men’s soccer coach Aaron Hoxie is starting the McPherson County Football Club Academy for youngsters born between 2010 and 2012.
The Academy starts Sept. 1 at Grant Complex and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The cost is $30 per semester, $50 for two.
This is Academy-style training with technical on-the-ball comfort the emphasis.
“We are emphasizing the technical aspect of the game into the youth,” said Hoxie, who has developed a strong program at Central. “This will increase the comfort level with the ball, and will encourage the players to be creative in their approach to the game. With a smaller environment and with several coaches involved, the players will have the opportunity to improve each day on the field.”
Hoxie wants The Academy to work in conjunction with the local YMCA and McPherson Recreation Commission.
“We are encouraging all of our youth to play with the local YMCA/MRC as well,” Hoxie said. “They provide an organized league that all of the academy players can try their skills in game situations. I want to emphasize the importance of playing in the local leagues as well. This will increase the players’ touches and will give them a chance to practice what they are learning in a fun environment also."
Hoxie says this will help the youth as they develop their careers.
“I am excited that we have decided to move in this direction,” he said. “This will help all of the players to have 1-3 years of focused technical training in the basic aspect of the game. Having a small-sided environment through the U-12 age group will give all of the players ample time to develop a quick mind, creativity and thousands of touches on the ball during the most critical development phases of their soccer life."